A Comparison of Seamus Heaney's Poem Digging and The song of the old mother, by William Butler Yeats

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I have looked at the poem 'Digging' by Seamus Heaney. The poem is about the poet digging into his past and appears to be a modest poem. The "nicking and slicing neatly" that Heaney says in his poem can also apply to the crafting of a poem. Heaney seems unhappy and distanced from his farming family roots however he shows a good amount of admiration for farming men. Heaney shows the skill and dignity of labour. The expertise is rather admired than the strength and the technique is very precisely explained. He constantly has memories of common places, which very few people would notice, but Heaney thinks that these memories should be recognised. He is frustrated at how different he is to his …show more content…
"And then I must scrub and bake and sweep,

Till stars are beginning to blink and peep."

In this quote the tone of her voice would be low and depressed because she must scrub and sweep till stars begin to blink and peep which means she has to work till late at night.

The young people in 'The song of the old mother' do not care for what the old mother does for them but Heaney is determined to dig with his pen and remember his roots.

"And the young lie long and dream in their bed."

This quote also has another meaning, for this comparison the quote means that while the young lie long and dream they still take granted for what the old mother does for them.

"Over his shoulder, going down and down for the good turf. Digging."

This quote is showing that he is digging and digging into his past and trying to remember his roots.

In 'The song of the old mother' the structure of the poem looks tight like her life could have been as in those days women weren't allowed to do much apart from cook clean and look after the kids.

The structure of 'Digging' looks spaced out and free. This is how his life style could have been or the spaced out structure could represent the space and freedom you get from living on a farm. The structure could also represent the feeling you get when you have a vast
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